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Industry, occupation, and union status of poverty-level-wage workers vs. non-poverty-level-wage workers, 2011

Note: Poverty-level-wage workers are defined as those earning at or below the hourly wage a full-time, full-year worker would have to earn to give a family of four enough income to reach but not exceed the poverty threshold ($11.06 per hour in 2011).

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Group microdata

Updated July 10, 2012

Documentation and methodology

Underlying data are from Current Population Survey Outgoing Rotation Groups microdata; see Appendix B for details. Occupations do not sum to 100 percent because the figure excludes the “Other Occupations” category, which constitutes less than 2 percent of the workforce.


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